Sep. 26th, 1948
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
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Olivia Newton-John, AO, OBE (born September 26, 1948) is a British-born Australian singer, songwriter, and actress.
Newton-John was born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. She lived there until she was five years old, and her family relocated to Australia when her father was offered a job as the dean of a college in Melbourne. When she was a teen she returned to live in England with her mother, after winning a singing talent contest.
Newton-John is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five No. 1 and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles and two No. 1 Billboard 200 solo albums. Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two platinum and four double platinum) have been certified gold by the RIAA. Her music has been successful in multiple genres including pop, country and adult contemporary and has sold an estimated over 100 million records worldwide. She co-starred with 'John Travolta' in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Grease, which featured one of the most successful film soundtracks in Hollywood history.
The film's popularity has endured through the years. It was re-released for its 20th anniversary in 1998 and ranked as the second highest grossing film behind Titanic in its opening weekend. It was most recently re-released in July 2010 as a sing-along version in select American theatres. The soundtrack still sells strongly enough to often appear on Billboard's Top Soundtracks chart.
Newton-John re-teamed with Travolta in 1983 for the critically and commercially unsuccessful Two of a Kind, redeemed by its platinum soundtrack (No. 26 Pop) featuring "Twist of Fate" (No. 5 Pop), "Livin' in Desperate Times" (No. 31 Pop), and a new duet with Travolta, "Take a Chance" (No. 3 AC). Newton-John released another video package, the Grammy-nominated Twist of Fate, featuring videos of her four songs on the Two of a Kind soundtrack and the two new singles from Olivia's Greatest Hits Vol. 2.
She had many hit singles and appeared on TV series with 'Cliff Richard' as well as in the film Toomorrow (1970). For a while she was engaged to 'Bruce Welch', a member of 'The Shadows', who backed Richard.
Newton-John took the advice of a friend, and in the mid-'70s left Britain to take up residence in America to assist her further her singing career.
Newton-John has been a long-time activist for environmental and animal rights issues. Since surviving breast cancer in 1992, she has been an advocate for health awareness becoming involved with various charities, health products and fundraising efforts. Her business interests have included launching several product lines for Koala Blue and co-owning the Gaia Retreat & Spa in Australia.
Newton-John has been married twice. She currently lives with her second husband, John Easterling, in Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida. She is the mother of one daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, with her first husband, actor Matt Lattanzi.
- She received awards for her charity work and the "Officer Of the order of The British Empire" (OBE) from 'Queen Elizabeth II' (qv). Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual ARIA Awards. (15th October 2002)
- Best known as a singer, she has over 25 Top 40 singles, more than half of which went Top 10, including five #1 hits.
- Ex-aunt-in-law of 'Steven Lee (I)' (qv).
- A great-aunt of 'Layla Lee-Curtis' (qv).
- In 1975, she moved to the USA where she had already become well-established as a pop and country singer.
- She represented Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.
- She currently has homes in both the USA and Australia.
- Loves cosmetics and always does her own make-up for photo sessions.